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'Tonight Show' Star David Brenner

On Death Bed

3/15/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0315-david-brenner-getty-02David Brenner -- who holds the record for number of appearances on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson -- is on his death bed  and people close to him say it's just a matter of days.

Sources close to Brenner say the 78-year-old comedian has cancer that has been aggressive ... spreading rapidly.

We're told Brenner slipped into a coma this week ... and doctors don't expect him to pull through.

David sat on Carson's couch 158 times ... and even hosted the "Tonight Show" a few times.

He was also a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show.




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4:00 PM PST -- Brenner's rep says the comedian passed away Saturday evening.

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TJ    

Hard to believe he is 78 years old. He has 3 children & was not successful at marriage. He fought custody battles for his children. He was amusing on Johnny Carson Show.

132 days ago
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rolm    

Dam Dam real sick news I loved this guy he was funny and smart so Sad. I am sure he lived a great life. I hope he goes soon and painlessly. May he rest in Peace. By by David

132 days ago
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two cents    

God speed to you sir


I wish they wouldn't let people suffer. Cancer is a bitch. You don't get brownie points for his much pain you endured.

132 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

Well this is sad too hear, he was one of the couple handful of comediennes who appeared on TheTonight Show and literally became a star overnight, obviously for those who are younger on here, Leno was part of this group, if you have a few minutes , google him and watch one of his last interviews, cbs news morning, great clip and I am glad I just watched it. He taped it in December/2013. Poor guy, many great laughs he shared in his lifetime.

132 days ago
20.

sophiastormy    

everyone dies from something.. death is a part of life

132 days ago
21.

taxpayer    

FYI, he was a HUGE chain-smoker. This cancer did not have to happen.

132 days ago
22.

lulu2009    

I had no idea this guy was 78. Time is flying! Rest well, Mr. Brenner.

132 days ago
23.

Don    

God Bless David,
maybe you go in peace

132 days ago
24.

Bullwinkle94a    

How can you tell? Is he less whiny?

132 days ago
25.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

He certainly has kept his condition under the radar. But I'm also amazed he is 78 years old! He's had a good long run; I hope this last leg of the journey has not been terribly painful.

132 days ago
26.

MISFIT    

GODSPEED

132 days ago
27.

dale12    

Very sad news indeed, Godspeed Mr. Brenner...

132 days ago
28.

namers    

David was one of my favorite comedians from the Tonight Show.

132 days ago
29.

Joe    

I happen to have seen him on the Tonight show many times and i found him very funny. Hope all turns out well if possible for him and his family and if God allows it

132 days ago
30.

Criss    

That sucks! I used to enjoy his appearances, back when I used to listen to Stern. I'm sorry to hear about this!

132 days ago
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